ACE plans £2.25m Fringe performance showcase

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A new £2.25m Edinburgh Fringe performing arts showcase has been announced today by Arts Council England, focussing on theatre, dance and circus.

ACE is calling for proposals to give England-based artists the chance to be seen by the international and UK promoters who flock to Edinburgh in August talent-spotting.

 Main image shows Oona Doherty and Prime Cut Productions' Hard to be Soft, a dance, from the British Council’s 2019 Showcase. Photo: Luca Truffarelli

“We are delighted that Arts Council England have recognised the Fringe as a key annual opportunity for artists, and that this new channel will be opened to support their work” said Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Fringe Society. “More than half the productions in this year’s Fringe Programme come from England and, with over 1,600 of the world’s arts industry from 55 countries having accredited with the Fringe this month, the fund will ensure the best English work is showcased to programmers and curators from festivals and theatres across the world.

“The new Performing Arts Showcase strengthens the Fringe’s position as a global arts market and this opportunity for collaboration, co-production, co-commissioning, UK and global touring is vital to the sustainability of our sector.”

The Arts Council’s purpose, said ACE’s deputy chief executive Simon Mellor, is to take a lead from the British Council which has a well-established showcase at Edinburgh at Festival time and has 30 production there this time. ACE wants to increase international exchange between artists based and abroad with the scheme, as well as new co-production and touring opportunities. “Our ambition is for more of this country’s leading creative talent to be working across the world and for the best of global talent to be delighting audiences in this country” he said.

ACE is calling for bids for up to three showcases in 2021, 2022 and 2023 for up to £750,000 per showcase funded through Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.

Find out more about the Performing Arts Showcase and how to apply here.

National Lottery Project Grants 



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